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Physical literacy

Physical Literacy

Physical literacy is about building the skills, knowledge and behaviours that give us the confidence and motivation to lead active lives.


The Physical domain focuses on the skills and fitness a person acquires and applies through movement.

Movement skills

Movement skills that allow a person to move (land, water, snow, ice), from one place to another.

Moving with equipment

Movement skills used to move on, in or with equipment from one place to another.

Object manipulation

Movement skills that use a body part(s) to move or manipulate an object.


Ability to move different body parts in a controlled, smooth and efficient manner.


Skills involving balance and weight transfer.


Capacity of a joint or muscle to move through its full range of motion.


Ability to quickly change body position and/or direction of the body.


Ability to carry out work against a resistance.

Muscular endurance

Ability of a muscle(s) to repeatedly exert force over a sustained period of time.

Cardiovascular endurance

Ability of the heart and lungs to deliver oxygen to working muscles.

Reaction time

Length of time taken to respond to a given stimulus.


Ability to move quickly across the ground, through the water or air or move limbs rapidly.

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